At Forest Manor we have a variety of strategies in place to support our English language learners (ELL). Many of our students arrive at Forest Manor from another country and require additional support to learn English. Students who need English as a Second Language support (ESL) may receive support from an ESL teacher one on one, in small groups, in the regular classroom or attend a special ESL program.
At Forest Manor PS we have two special programs to support our ELL students.
Self-Contained ESL class: The self-contained ESL class allows ELL students who have recently arrived in Canada to work in a small group setting for half the day. Here they will work to develop their oral, reading, writing and mathematics skills. All students are placed in a class for the other half of the day where they will have the opportunity to learn with their grade peers.
The Literacy Enrichment Academic Program (LEAP) is an accelerated program for students aged 11-20 who have recently arrived in Ontario schools with limited prior schooling. The LEAP program is intended to help students make significant gains in secondary language development, literacy and numeracy skills, and academic skills and knowledge, so that they can successfully integrated into the mainstream program. Because the number of students requiring LEAP is relatively small in individual schools, the programs are offered as "congregated" programs in designated locations serving local clusters of schools. A formal application must be made by the classroom teacher and ESL teacher for students to be admitted into the LEAP program. Students attend LEAP for half of the day, and instruction focuses on literacy and math skills. Students may remain in the program for up to three years.